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Caribbean Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall rating:

3.3 out of 5
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Caribbean Princess

20 Night Caribbean & Panama Canal Explorer (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 08, 2018

Ship: Caribbean Princess

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: E627

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Many pros and a few cons but overall it was just to be a relaxing trip before knee replacement


4 out of 5
customs had yearly inspection that caused slight backlog

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Buffet just OK- main dining good but not great. Found the menu a little lacking for my taste but wife loved it as they fixed all dishes for her being gluten intolerant

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
old standards


3 out of 5
shows lacking- There was a group off ballroom dancers onboard(115) and the ship did not adjust. We love to dance but found it difficult. They never had live entertainment in the largest dance floor (Fusion) although did play recorded music occasionally . They had an Irish folk singer who was quite good but played her in the Explorer lounge several times while they played the duo(very good) in the smaller Wheelhouse lounge mwhich allows only 6-8 couples max. Party band was also very good but played very little as most of the deck parties were rained out(should have moved to Club Fusion. Result was little dance availabilty with two very good bands. Poor co-ordination/effort on cruise staff. Will definely check for sundancer group before we book another Princess and choose a different date.

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
excellant all around

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
somewhat chopped up but not bad. some areas showing its age but still very nice

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
all good but missed the towel foldings each night as there was none

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

Falmouth, Jamaica

2 out of 5
must take a tour in a dangerous place

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
Been there before-again must take a tour

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

3 out of 5
You DO NOT GET OFF in Panama unless you take a 4.5-6.5 tour, ship just sits on lake for several hours and then returns thru the locks(which is interesting)

Cristobal, Panama

1 out of 5
read above-you donot get off here

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
little shopping right off ship or take a tour

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
tender in-there were 4 other ships there that day--shopping or take a tour. We have been there many times so we just walked along beachfront stores


5 out of 5
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